Breaking Down SD. Standard Drilling Plc’s (OB:SDSD) Ownership Structure

Today, I will be analyzing SD. Standard Drilling Plc’s (OB:SDSD) recent ownership structure, an important but not-so-popular subject among individual investors. A company’s ownership structure is often linked to its share performance in both the long- and short-term. If an activist institution invests the same amount of capital in a stock as a passive long-term pension fund, the implications are potentially different for key corporate financing decisions such as the use of excess cash or the source of financing. While these are more of a long-term investor’s concern, short-term investors may find the impact of institutional trading overwhelming enough to lose out on what could be a potential opportunity. Therefore, I will take a look at SDSD’s shareholders in more detail.

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OB:SDSD Ownership_summary Mar 15th 18
OB:SDSD Ownership_summary Mar 15th 18

Institutional Ownership

With an institutional ownership of 50.84%, SDSD can face volatile stock price movements if institutions execute block trades on the open market, more so, when there are relatively small amounts of shares available on the market to trade However, as not all institutions are alike, such high volatility events, especially in the short-term, have been more frequently linked to active market participants like hedge funds. Hedge funds, considered active investors, hold a 6.81% stake in the company, which may be the cause of high short-term volatility in the stock price. I am going to further examine SDSD’s ownership structure to check how other major shareholders can affect its investment case.

Insider Ownership

I find insiders are another important group of stakeholders, who are directly involved in making key decisions related to the use of capital. In essence, insider ownership is more about the alignment of shareholders’ interests with the management. SDSD insiders hold a not-so-significant 1.83% stake in the company, which somewhat aligns their interests with that of shareholders. However, a higher level of insider ownership has been linked to management executing on high-returning projects instead of expansion projects for the sake of apparent growth. It would also be interesting to check what insiders have been doing with their shareholding recently. Insider buying can be a positive indicator of future performance, but a selling decision can be simply driven by personal financial requirements.
OB:SDSD Insider_trading Mar 15th 18
OB:SDSD Insider_trading Mar 15th 18

General Public Ownership

A substantial ownership of 26.45% in SDSD is held by the general public. With this size of ownership, retail investors can collectively play a role in major company policies that affect shareholders returns, including executive remuneration and the appointment of directors. They can also exercise the power to decline an acquisition or merger that may not improve profitability.

Private Company Ownership

Another important group of owners for potential investors in SDSD are private companies that hold a stake of 6.76% in SDSD. These are companies that are mainly invested due to their strategic interests or are incentivized by reaping capital gains on investments their shareholdings. An ownership of this size indicates a strong financial backing and has the potential to influence SDSD’s business strategy. Thus, investors should dig deeper into SDSD’s business relations with these companies and how it can affect shareholder returns in the long-term.

Next Steps:

I suggest investors seek some degree of margin of safety due to high institutional ownership in SDSD, in particular due to the strong presence of active hedge fund investors. This will allow an investor to reduce the impact of non-fundamental factors, such as volatile block trading impact on their portfolio value. However, if you are building an investment case for SDSD, ownership structure alone should not dictate your decision to buy or sell the stock. Rather, you should be looking at fundamental drivers such as S.D. Standard Drilling’s past track record and financial health. I urge you to complete your research by taking a look at the following:

  • 1. Financial Health: Is SDSD’s operations financially sustainable? Balance sheets can be hard to analyze, which is why we’ve done it for you. Check out our financial health checks here.
  • 2. Past Track Record: Has SDSD been consistently performing well irrespective of the ups and downs in the market? Go into more detail in the past performance analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of SDSD’s historicals for more clarity.
  • 3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.
NB: Figures in this article are calculated using data from the last twelve months, which refer to the 12-month period ending on the last date of the month the financial statement is dated. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.